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Traveling to School Safety Reminders
In the midst of the time changing and being darker in the mornings, it is a good time to go over some safety reminders for traveling to school. Let's help each other be safe and always put our #FalconsFirst.
- Make sure your child has a safe route before allowing him or her to walk to school.
- Always cross at a crosswalk.
- Avoid dashing out between cars.
- Do not cross the street alone if you are younger than 10 years old.
- Stop at the curb before crossing the street.
- Walk, don’t run, across the street.
- Look LEFT, RIGHT, and LEFT again before crossing.
- Walk facing traffic.
- Make sure drivers see you before crossing in front of them.
- Do not play in driveways, parking lots, or unfenced yards by the street.
- Wear bright clothing or reflectors when walking at night.
- Cross at least 10 feet in front of a school bus.
Walking to School Safety Tips
These pedestrian safety tips will help keep your child safe while they walk to school. Use the following guidelines to help your child plan a safe walk to school:
- Children should walk with an adult until they are at least 10 years old.
- Map out safe routes to school with your children before they head out on their own.
- Encourage kids to stay off cell phones and think twice about wearing earphones. Kids should be able to hear their surroundings when walking to school.
- Make sure children wear light-colored or bright clothing to be more visible to drivers.
- Children will model the behavior of adults, so be mindful of pedestrian rules to set a good example and keep kids safe.
How to Help Kids Cross Streets Safely
Use these tips to help children cross streets safely:
- Kids should hold a grown-up's hand when they cross the street or are in parking lots.
- Always cross the street at a corner or at a crosswalk and obey traffic signals; cross with a crossing guard if there is one.
- Walk on a sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the street, facing oncoming traffic.
- Look left, right, then left again before crossing the street. Continue looking while you cross.
- Do not cross behind the bus or between parked cars where a driver cannot see you.
- Always make eye contact with drivers before you cross the street.